House Speaker Pelosi Holds Weekly News Conference CSPAN March 7, 2019 12:37pm-12:52pm EST
this morning. we are very excited this week to be having hr1 debaters on the floor and tomorrow we'll pass and send it on to the senate with the mobilization for cleaner government issues and hr1 and a priority for a freshman class and they'll be on the steps of the capitol tomorrow to proclaim their support for us. >> this is essential for the agenda. lower health care costs and preserving the pre-existing condition benefits and the bigger paychecks by building infrastructure of america in a green, modern way for the 21st century, but the public belief that we can do that depends on our passing legislation to amplify the voices of the american people and reduce the voice of the money that influenced decisions in congress
before. and it is also about ending voter suppression. what are some people afraid of when people have the right to vote and it contains john lewis' language citing voter suppression and it contains a path to hr4 which is to restore the voting rights act to its fullest efficacy as it was pushed back by the supreme court and it also is a way to empower small donors over big donors so that the public again knows that everyone's voice is as important as anyone else's voice. again, it was about confidence and it's about ending skepticism. i said in texas a couple of days ago that there was a town meeting on the subject of hr1 and how it related to voter is up pregsz thsuppression we talk
reducing the hours that polling is available and the number of polling places and the number of days. it's about time and location, et cetera in certain areas where polling places have close asked one of the big oppressors is the suffocation of the airwaves with big, dark money misleading the public and not telling the truth about what is at stake in the election and just decides not to vote. so this is -- this is about honoring a democracy. we said we would do it as it proceeded as we talked about last week. the committee continued to have hearings on bills to lower the cost of prescription drugs and protect the affordable care act and continue to have hearings on how we proceed on infrastructure and hr 1 b on the floor today.
we would pass common sense gun violence prevention and we did last week with hr-8. next week we'll be launching our equality act and the discrimination for the lgbtq community and we will also be launching an initiative to protect the dreamers and the temporary protective status persons in our country. one more bill before the end of the month will be two more. one will be equal pay for equal work which comes back to our original lower health care costs and paycheck and we will be on the path to pass once again the reauthorization of the violence against it and during the campaign and we are getting it done and we're telling the public about the path that we are on to get them turned into law to make a difference in the lives of the american people and i was glad to the president for
conservation for john dingle and wh while so much else is floating around with the mueller investigation and the fundamental responsibility of the congress to have oversight over the executive branch and other items we are doing our housekeeping as we keep proceeding with legislation for the people. i have four members of the house and leader chuck schumer and maria ka maria cantwell and ron markey and they joined us to launch the net neutrality legislation led by mike doyle, chair of the technology committee and the energy and commerce committee along with other members including chairman pollone.
we're busy despite what we might read in the press. >> madam speaker, do you think ilhan omar understands? >> thank you for the question. i don't think that the congresswoman has appreciated the full weight of how it has affected other people and i don't think it was intended in an anti-semitic way and the fact is that that's the way it was interpreted and we have to remove all doubt. as we have over and over again -- we will speak out against anti-semitism, anti-islamophobia, anti-white supremacy and all of the forms that it takes.
our country has no place for this and we voted a resolution on that most recently. a week and a half ago or so, at the munich conference and in brussels for the nato meeting and at every meeting at the highest levels our delegation impressed upon the importance of fighting anti-semitism and this is well before the statement that has emerged this weekend but when it did it was important for me to speak to the member first before we went to see she was in africa. after i spoke to her members would take some individual statement and i thought the resolution should be enlarge the issue and islamophobia, et cetera, and anti-white supremist and that it should not mention her name and that's what we are
hearing and it's one resolution addressing the forms of hatred because it's not about her. it's about these forms. >> she hasn't apologized. does she need to apologize? >> she did not -- it's up to her to explain, but i do not believe that she understood the full weight of the word. you're an advocate out there as i was and i would appreciate the enthusiasm, and that was made pushing the stroller and carrying the signs. so i understand how advocates can come in with their enthusiasm, but when you cross the threshold in the congress your words weigh much more than when you're shouting at somebody outside and i feel confident that her words were not based on any anti-semitic attitude, but that she didn't have a full
appreciation of how they landed on other people where these words have a history and a cultural impact that might have been unknown to her. two of them -- >> did i call on him? >> thank you. >> does that count? there is concern about motions, and i know how important hr1 is to your side and if you didn't address this right away and that could be the motion to recommit with the firearms and so on and so forth, and go ahead at this point. they never fail to have the xenophobic motions to recommit as they did last week and it doesn't matter whether we have a resolution or not. so this has nothing to do with that.
this has to do with, i see everything as an opportunity and this is an opportunity once again to declare as strong as possible opposition to anti-semitism and anti-white supremist and there are people on both sides who don't care about that view. it has nothing to do with that. however, i do think that the republicans will try to put these kinds of statements in their motions to recommit, but that's housekeeping. >> obviously leader mcconnell was talking about hr1 and they said we can win elections for people who vote for this. do you think hr1 puts pressure on some of the numbers? >> no. no. in fact, many members in the purple districts are the ones
with the strongest proponent and i appreciate the question. who is -- what the senator is saying and with all of the respect in the world with his leadership, well, he has also said the problem is that there's not too much money in politics, it's that there's not enough money in politics where we vehemently, completely disagree and it's about money and politics, and how that destroys the confidence people have in the political process and it's about voter suppression and so whatever they say, what they are voting when they say they're against hr-1. they are against removing obstacles and participation to voting in our country. how do you explain that to our founders. i did everything in my power, founders to make sure that people did not have access to a
polling place. those who were eligible to vote and to be sure that they could vote and that their vote would be counted as cast. unless you were here when i announced my too hot to handle probe last week. we have to make these issues too hot to handle in the public. the shut down of government was too hot to handle. the crimes against women act which is coming up again, we made it too hot to handle because the republicans wouldn't bring it up in the house and so along the way, the public weighing in on this, overwhelmingly the public supports removing voter suppression and knowing the big, dark, special interest money and powerful and again, respecting the rights of those eligible to vote and have it be counted and cast. >> the investigations on trump. what kind of evidence does the
house right now have on trump to launch all of these investigations on him and could it possibly be overage? >> no. >> this is a constitutional responsibility to have oversight over the executive branch, and the evidence that they will have is what they will gather doing the oversight, bringing it to the american people. i salute the committee for the action that they have taken. if we were not to exercise over the executive branch, we would be delinquent in our duties. >> madam speaker -- >> we are currently operating under extraordinary measures because there was a debt limit. what is the current plan? >> there were extraordinary measures. according to the secretary, the extraordinary measures will go
until september or october and let us know that long before that it was lifted. >> it doesn't mean it isn't urgent. it just means that we have to address it. everything is urgent here, urgent, it just means we haven't addressed it. everything is an opportunity, an opportunity to have a giant civic lesson for america as to what the role is of government, of each of the branches of government and the extraordinary nature of the president usurping the constitutional powers of the legislative branch article 1 immediately following the preamble. and that's why we were so pleased we were able to succeed in passing that legislation under the leadership of joaquin castro. and now it's in the senate. >> can you address -- >> of the constitution of the united states. >> can you address the dangerous of police and -- you have spoken
about this previously this year, when one of your members used an expletive to describe the president. earlier this year when one of your members -- you said you weren't going to be -- i wondered if you could talk about the dangers of being -- of policing the speech of your members. >> we aren't policing the speech of your members. we are condemning anti-semitism [ inaudible ] >> that is what we're doing. i'm more concerned about what he does to hurt children at the border to grade the air that our children breathe.